James, Jose / Lean On Me
Album: Lean On Me   Collection:General
Artist:James, Jose   Added:Jul 2019
Label:Blue Note Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-07-23 Pull Date: 2019-09-24
Week Ending: Sep 8 Aug 25 Jul 28
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 06, 2019: KZSU Time Traveler
Lean On Me
3. Jul 26, 2019: KZSU Time Traveler
Lean On Me
2. Aug 23, 2019: Butter and Jams
Kissing My Love

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2019-07-07

Straight-forward and faithful covers of a dozen songs by Bill Withers. Many of these tunes are quite well known; big hits mainly from the 1970s. Jose James has a good, strong singing voice, and the record is full of strong performances throughout, well worth a spin. But it’s no real improvement on the originals. (Do go listen to Bill Withers right away if you haven’t.) Accompanied by guitar, bass & drums, horns, keys.

No FCC issues

1 Mid-slow. Gentle & soulful. Nice, jazzy bridge on electric piano. (3:18)
2 Slow; actually a bit plodding. ‘comped by organ, piano, bass & drums. (4:13)
3 * Mid-tempo. Excellent male-female vocal duet. Kind of jazzy. (4:17)
4 Mid-slow, stately. Good vocal. Nice piano bridge. (5:00)
5 ** Mid-tempo. Funky instrumental opening. This one would work well on a jazz program. Good accompaniment including a cool flute solo. Bouncy & fun. (5:35)
6 * Mid-tempo. Syncopated. Good vocal. Organ, drum, and horns accompany. (4:43)
7 Mid-slow. Dark & sinister. Singer accuses his woman of cheating. A bit dull. (3:45)
8 Slow. Mellow, quiet ballad. Minimal guitar & drum. (6:29)
9 Mid-tempo. Smooth jazz including too-typical sax solo. Too smooth. Yuck. (4:26)
10 Very slow. Sad ex-love (breakup) song. (4:52)
11 Mid-tempo. Soulful singing. Funky accompaniment by full band. (3:21)
12 * Mid-tempo. Bitter, post-breakup song, but funky and groovy. Cool organ solo. (4:50)

Track Listing
1. Ain't No Sunshine   7. Who Is He
2. Grandma's Hands   8. Hello Like Before
3. Lovely Day   9. Just The Two Of Us
4. Lean On Me   10. Hope She'll Be Happier
5. Kissing My Love   11. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
6. Use Me   12. Better Off Dead